Classification Board

A recent audit of 30 teen sex magazines by the Australian Classification Board found 27 illegally on the shelves of corner stores, convenience stores and petrol stations. 15 were wrongly classified, 12 had never gone through the classification system. The Classification Board looked into the matter after the titles were referred to it by Julie Gale, director of Kids Free 2B Kids. Classification Board director Donald McDonald wrote to Ms Gale saying that police had been notified as none of the distributors had complied with the call-in notice. Women’s Forum Australia said: The response vindicates the assertion of Kids Free 2B Kids and WFA that many Category 1 magazines sold in the public arena do not adhere to the guidelines, are not classified or contain RC (Refused Classification) content. These magazines are sold in milk bars, 7-Elevens, newsagents, convenience stores and petrol stations throughout Australia. Many of the titles incite sex with minors and promote rape and incest. Following complaints, BP, Shell/Coles Express and Mobil removed the sale of all Category 1 magazines from their stores nationwide. We are still waiting for 7-Eleven, United Petroleum and McDonalds Fuelzone franchise to do the same.
Action: Womens Forum Australia is asking people to contact these organisations urging them to remove this material
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POSTED 30 Apr 2009